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Washington Redskins long-overdue name change shouldn't be the last

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On July 5, 1933, the Boston Braves of the National Football League changed their name to the Boston Redskins, which stuck when the team moved to the United States capital four years later.

Eighty-seven years later, the name is officially being retired. Ten days after saying it would conduct a "thorough review" of its name, Washington's NFL team announced the news Native Americans had been waiting to hear for decades — it is officially dropping the "Redskins" name and logo.

This is a rebranding of seismic proportions. Just six years ago, Dan Snyder, Washington's principal owner since 1999, staunchly defended his team's name, which many deemed to be a racist slur against Native Americans. "NEVER – you can write that in all caps," he said when asked about a possible name change by USA Today in 2014.

And now, never finally came. The death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer made US society, as well as communities around the world, take a good look in the mirror. It was only a matter of time until Washington was forced to do the same.

But the "Redskins" nickname was just one of many examples of sports imagery that many Native Americans find objectionable. The name's retirement was a long time coming, and now many more should undertake their own self-reflection.

Washington owner Daniel Snyder long resisted doing away with the 'Redskins' name


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